You may know him as the officer who chalked your tires in downtown Prescott, Arizona. But, on August 29, Neil Campbell was arrested on charges of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and he would no longer work for the City of Prescott.
By September 8, 2017, a Grand Jury indictment had been handed down, returning three felony counts:
- Count 1: Sexual Conduct with a Minor, a Class 2 Felony
- Count 2: Sexual Conduct with a Minor, a Class 2 Felony
- Count 3: Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, a Class 2 Felony
Campbell was denied bond, and remains in the Camp Verde jail.
On September 18, Campbell entered a plea of ‘Not Guilty.’
He is scheduled for a second bond review, called a ’Simpson Hearing,' on September 28, 2017.
What is a Simpson hearing? On his website, Jason D. Lamm explains:
- "In 2002, Arizona voters approved a measure holding people charged with sex crimes such as child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor, andsexual assault held without bail
- "In a 2003 decision, Simpson v. Owens (Simpson I ), an Arizona appellate court found that in order to hold someone without bail, prosecutor need to show that the “proof is evident or the presumption great” that the offense was committed.
- "On June 14, 2016, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that in addition to showing that proof is evident or the presumption great that offense was committed, prosecutors need to also show that the person charged is a danger to the community and that there are no release conditions that would protect the community. The Court found that without this additional requirement, the existing Arizona law, as written, was unconstitutional."
Grand Jury Indictment:
On Friday, press releases were issued by both the City of Prescott and the Town of Prescott Valley regarding the arrest of Neil Campbell.
City of Prescott Press Release: Recent Arrest of City of Prescott Employee
In August of 2017 the Prescott Police Department was notified by the Prescott Valley Police Department of an active and ongoing investigation regarding a City of Prescott employee, Mr. Neil Campbell.
Mr. Campbell began his employment with the City of Prescott in 2003, working first as an animal control officer and then as a parking enforcement officer with the police department. However, Mr. Campbell was terminated from employment and is no longer an employee of the City of Prescott.
The City of Prescott and the Prescott Police Department will continue to work with the Prescott Valley Police Department to provide information to them as they continue their investigation.
Campbell was involved in many aspects of the community.
Town of Prescott Valley Press Release: Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Investigation and Arrest
On July 19th, 2017, the Prescott Valley Police Department received a complaint alleging a pattern of on-going criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The victim, now 33 years of age alleges that Neil Campbell, age 59, assaulted her between the ages of 5 and 13 when she resided between Tucson and Prescott Valley.
Based on the information received, the Prescott Valley Police Department began working cooperatively with detectives from the Tucson Police Department. After establishing probable cause that a crime had been committed, Neil Campbell was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center in Camp Verde, Arizona for the crimes of continuous sexual abuse of a minor (ARS 13-1417A / a felony), Sexual Contact with a minor (ARS 13-1405A / a felony), and Child Molestation (ARS 13-1410A/ a felony).
This investigation is on-going.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, they are asked to call the Prescott Valley Police Department at 928.772.9267.